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Tells it All - Namibian Sun

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    Struggle kids snatch fire truckStruggle kids snatch fire truckProtesters barricade farm road with burning vehicle Nobody was arrested on Friday after the so-called struggle kids barricaded a farm road, started a grass fire and attacked the driver of a fire truck at Brakwater. A fire truck was briefly hijacked near Brakwater on Friday by a group of incensed 'struggle kids' who also set a broken-down minibus on fire to barricade a road.

    The incident began early on Friday morning when a number of so-called struggle kids blocked a service road and set dry grass on fire, protesting a lack of jobs.

    A team of fire-fighters were dispatched to the scene at around 06:15 to extinguish the fire near the Ndilimani farm, where the group of struggle kids currently live.

    It is alleged that on arrival, the agitated group stormed the officers while they were extinguishing the fire and managed to temporarily hijack the 3 800-litre medium pump truck. City Police chief Abraham Kanime on Friday confirmed that when the fire truck arrived at the scene, they were met by some members of the group and the truck driver was overpowered.

    He said the police managed to quickly retrieve the truck at the Ndilimani camp. A NamPol spokesperson, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, said no arrests were made, and that the incident was handled quickly and effectively and should not raise concern.

    “Members of the police arrived at the scene and removed the blockade,” he said.

    In an interview with Nampa on Friday, a representative of the estimated 350 struggle kids who have locked horns with the government on a number of issues, and regularly launch aggressive protests, said the incident stemmed from a Coordination Committee meeting held on Thursday, where complaints and grievances were voiced.

    “The result left people with no choice. It was disappointing because government told them [in April] to go to their own regions and register for training, which they did,” Tuhafeni Nhinda said.

    He said when they returned to Windhoek they were informed that the next intake would be in September or October.

    He claimed the government had promised to recruit about 1 000 of the men and women “but it later surfaced that a training centre is not available.”

    Nhinda questioned why they were not being accommodated at the Simon Mutumba Mutumba Police College in the Otjozondjupa Region.

    “Once we informed the group of this they were frustrated and decided to go block the road, but that was not our intention. The idea was to march to the office of the secretary to cabinet so that he could make a decision or instruct the officials for the next intake to start,” he claimed.

    A Brakwater plot owner, Siegmar Pascheka, on whose property the grass fires were lit, confirmed that the group blockaded the gravel road and attacked the driver of the fire truck.

    “They are really looking for trouble now,” he told Republikein newspaper, a sister publication of Namibian Sun.



    -Additional reporting by Nampa





    AUGETTO CRAIG

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    Region grapples with violenceRegion grapples with violenceGender violence the most common crime in Kavango The police in the Kavango West Region say gender-based violence is their biggest headache. According to Kavango West Deputy Commissioner Rudolph Mbumba gender-based violence (GBV) is the most common crime committed in the region, where about three to four cases are reported daily.

    Mbumba said most of the GBV cases were the result of alcohol abuse, followed by fights, either at cuca shops or when the people returned home.

    Mbumba said in most cases men are the culprits. Based on the information the victims and witnesses share with the police, the attacks result when women question the men about something.

    Cases of women beating up me were also reported, but happened rarely.

    “These men beat up their women so bad that their eyes are closed and they can't see for some time while their lips are badly injured which makes it difficult for them to talk as blood is all that will come out when they attempt to. As we speak there is a woman in the hospital we took there these days after she was beaten up and she can't walk and talk,” Mbumba said.

    When asked who reported these cases, Mbumba said in most instances neighbours and witnesses at the crime scene called the police.

    Talking about the efforts made by the police to put an end to the crime of GBV in the region, Mbumba said although they tried to respond promptly to calls, their work was made difficult by the vastness of the region and lack of proper roads, as most of these crimes were committed in the rural areas.

    “We don't have shortcuts in this region and if the case is reported at a village which is nearby, we have to go around and look for the main road and by the time the police get there the victim has suffered a lot at the hands of the suspect but if there were shortcuts or alternative roads, we can make a difference,” Mbumba said.

    He said another challenge is the unwillingness of the victims to lay charges. In most cases the victims are the dependents in the relationship, which he believes makes them reluctant to press charges.

    “In some cases, you see the victim is badly injured and you might think they will die but when they recover and we ask them to lay charges, they refuse,” Mbumba said.

    Another challenge hindering the police is the poor mobile phone network. In some areas there is no network coverage and crimes are reported days after the fact.

    “In some cases a person will call the police but he is hundreds of meters from the crime scene and once you end the connection with that source, the possibility of getting him or her again is close to none therefore we have to listen well but it's not the best way of doing things,” he said.

    Regarding other crimes committed in the region such as rape, murder, livestock theft and housebreaking, Mbumba said they are rare.

    “Other crimes are committed in the region but they are not as prevalent as GBV,” Mbumba said.

    KENYA KAMBOWE

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  • 07/23/17--16:00: Windhoek digs deep for water
  • Windhoek digs deep for waterWindhoek digs deep for waterFocus on re-use and minimising water losses The Windhoek municipality has several projects in the pipeline to maximise water re-use, reduce water losses, and make optimal use of the Windhoek Acquifer. The City of Windhoek is hard at work to diversify water supply options in order to reduce its reliance on bulk supplier NamWater as part of the City's strategic transformation plan over the next five years.

    Emergency plans implemented last year kept taps running despite a serious decline in water security, but City officials admitted recently that “the fact remains that water supply is a major challenge given that the interior of the country has already surpassed the point where the inland water sources can no longer sustain the ever-increasing demand for water.”

    In line with this, the “City will have to work towards establishing efficiency in water use befitting the arid environment, while national efforts to remedy the situation continue.”

    Last year the City drilled and installed 12 boreholes that linked up with the local water supply network, a move that kept taps open at the most critical time.





    And while the project was finalised in December “and remains available to the residents of Windhoek for future similar emergency situations”, the City has incorporated numerous strategies focused on water supply diversification and security in its five-year plan.



    Big future plans

    The alternative water supply strategies are included in the recently released Transformational Strategic Plan 2017 and 2022, which aims to ensure continued water supply security while the city's population grows.





    These plans include expanding the Gammams water reclamation facility and embarking on a major plan to reduce water losses caused by pipe leaks.



    The municipality's plans to address and improve water security include a number of other initiatives, including an aquifer recharge scheme which will improve access to water supply and sanitation for the poor, among other benefits.



    The diversification objective forms part of the City's governance and financial sustainability goals, which note that the municipality will explore “various options for providing alternating bulk supply options instead of relying solely on NamWater and NamPower.”



    One of the strategic water supply goals is to pursue is to identify “maximum re-use and minimising internal losses” of water.



    The projects under this goal include establishing an additional direct potable re-use facility at the Gammams site.



    “This will not only diversify supply but will also play a pivotal role as an interim water supply option under future augmentation by the government as well as improve overall water quality in the cycle.”



    A second initiative is to reduce water loss by “optimising the use of scarce and costly available water resources through minimising technical and non-technical losses.”



    In line with this, the City announced that a unit was being established to benchmark water loss reduction and to craft an improvement and maintenance plan to bring losses to an acceptable level as well as maintaining the status quo.







    Bank precious water







    The aquifer recharge scheme project, which is designed to improve water security, another key objective of the City, will essentially be used as a “water banking scheme” which will help shield the capital from the effects of climate change and help “strengthen the resilience of the regional population to drought.”



    The project will expand the capacity of the Windhoek Managed Aquifer Recharge Scheme (W-Mars) to enable adaptation to temperature increases by storing water underground and preventing evaporation, and to rainfall variability, as water is captured in high rainfall years and saved for times of drought.



    “The expected key result is increased resilience and enhanced livelihoods of the most vulnerable people, communities and regions. About 430 000 direct beneficiaries will gain from improved water provision in periods of drought,” the City stated.



    The municipality noted that while alternative, national solutions are being explored and implemented for improving water supply, “W-Mars offers an innovative and flexible response to deal with the additional risks posed by climate change.”



    Moreover, the project “yields sustainable development benefits” in terms of costs to expand on water supply infrastructure, improving access to water and sanitation to the most vulnerable residents, as well as keeping the taps open during water supply emergencies.



    The W-Mars project was partially implemented (40%) between 2014 and 2016 and formed part of its emergency strategy last year.



    The remainder of the project is set to be completed over the next four years.

    JANA-MARI SMITH

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    Chinese firms stop work amid financial woesChinese firms stop work amid financial woes Two Chinese companies responsible for the bulk earthworks for the construction of the railway line between Ondangwa and Oshakati have reportedly stopped work due to non-payment.

    The 14-km bulk earthworks construction tender from Omaalala to Ondangwa is worth N$125 million and was awarded to China State Construction Engineering and Abland Engineering and Construction.

    A source privy to the affairs of the construction work said the two companies stopped work due to non-payment by the government.

    “Government failed to pay the invoices submitted by the Chinese contractors for the work they had done last year and they decided to down their tools at the beginning of the year.

    “Now we are hearing that government has sorted out their issue and they are due to resume their duty very soon,” said a source, who requested anonymity.





    In 2014 the government allocated almost N$300 million for the bulk earthworks tender for the 35km railway line extension from Ondangwa to Oshakati.

    The first phase included construction work of about 14km from Oshakati to Omaalala, which was carried out by Road Heart Construction Company in 2015 to the tune of N$120 million.

    Work was completed at the beginning of 2016.

    The second phase included the construction of the N$40 million railway bridge at Okapya outside Ondangwa, which was completed by Nexus Construction at the beginning of last year.

    In mid-2016 the construction for the third phase by the joint venture between China State Construction Engineering and Abland Engineering and Construction started, but work abruptly stopped at the beginning of the year.

    In June last year Founding President Sam Nujoma spent a week doing voluntary work at the railway project, where he was joined by local community members and high-ranking officials.



    Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa disputed that work had stopped due to non-payment. He claimed the delay was as a result of an exchange of construction phases.



    Kashuupulwa said the nation was blaming everything to the current economic situation without knowing what was going on.



    “The railway work will not stop, as it will be done in different phases. The construction of the first phase has been completed and they have to go to the second phase that needs to go through a tender allocation and get the successful bidder,” Kashuupulwa said.



    He said the government had budgeted enough money for the project and there was no way the work would stop.



    “It is only that currently we are just saying that the government has no money because of the economic situation that is going on in the country. Those are ongoing projects and can cover many financial years. The government is committed to make sure that the railway work is completed,” he said.



    The governor's version was, however, contradicted by Ondangwa constituency councillor Kawushiweni Abraham, who said the issue that was holding up work had been resolved and that the Chinese would resume work this week.



    After the completion of the bulk earthworks, two tenders will be advertised for the construction of a railway station in Oshakati and for the laying of the rails.

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    Farmers demand Meatco board quitFarmers demand Meatco board quit The contested Meatco board called a last-minute halt to a Friday meeting, stating that a number proposed resolutions drafted by Meatco members were illegal and not within the scope of the Meatco Act.

    Late on Thursday afternoon, Meatco board chairperson Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun stated in a press release that “the meeting cannot be held in that the provisions of the Meatco Act have not been complied with”.

    She specifically cited three resolutions proposed by Meatco members that questioned the legality of the board and demanded the resignation of the directors of the board as well as a review of the Meatco Act.

    Namundjebo-Tilahun said the proposed resolutions to be tabled by Meatco members for consideration and approval were problematic and illegal. She said Meatco members “do not have the power to require board members to resign” and said that only the courts would be able to decide whether their appointment was legal.





    She added that in order to “avoid a repeat” of the heated 31st annual general meeting, during which police were called to subdue protests by farmers opposing the board's appointment, members had to submit their motions no later than 21 days prior to the meeting, as well as ensure that at least 50 members requested the meeting in writing.



    The media release noted that in respect of resolution one, members “are at liberty to express their views” on the appointment of the board of directors, but “the members do not have the powers to decide whether an appointment of directors is valid in law, as this would be a matter for the courts to decide.”

    She added that “passing a resolution that the board has not been properly constituted, does not have any legal binding effect.”

    In response to the second resolution calling on the board members to resign, the chairperson said that “the power to remove directors is regulated by the Meatco Act and vests in the minister.”

    Moreover, board members alone had the mandate to decide to resign if a motion calling for their resignation was adopted.

    In respect of resolution three and four, Namundjebo-Tilahun explained that the process of amending the Meatco Act “would need to be commenced with the minister.”

    She added that members could, however, resolve to approach the ministry in regard to certain issues.

    She added that the “operational issues which were raised by [members] are matters that the board would be empowered to decide on and not its members.”

    The media released further stated that the board and Meatco management had taken note of the operational issues raised and these would be addressed “insofar as these requests are considered equitable and in the best interest of Meatco.”

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     Governor apologises for tribal remarks Governor apologises for tribal remarks
    Omusati governor Erginus Endjala this morning apologised to the nation for private remarks he made regarding the Aandonga people, among others. The governor has been under fire on social media for reportedly making tribal utterances against the Aandonga people and some politicians. He denied being a tribalist, saying he was trapped. “Towards the end of June2017, I received a telephone call from Taimi Tekla Iimbili, whereby we had a private conversation. During this conversation, Taimi Tekla Iimbili had probing questions, with ulterior motives, whereby she specifically tried to lead me into that particular discussion, with her questions as set, which led to me innocently answering without knowing that I was being trapped for a specific reason, to portray me as a tribalist, which I am not,” said Endjala. “At some point during the conversation I intended to stop the conversation but she continued with her probing questions.”

    ILENI NANDJATO


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  • 07/24/17--16:00: Mannetti snubs Comoros talks
  • Mannetti snubs Comoros talksMannetti snubs Comoros talks Brave Warriors coach Ricardo Mannetti says it is too early to talk about their next opponents in the CHAN qualifiers.

    The coach has chosen to shy away from his side's plans ahead of the clash with Comoros Islands in the last round of the qualifiers.

    Namibia mastered a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over Zimbabwe on Sunday to advance to the final round of the 2018 CHAN qualifiers where they will face the surprise package Comoro Islands.

    The islanders are not to be taken lightly as they beat Lesotho 2-1 on aggregate over the weekend to secure a spot in the final.

    Mannetti, who spoke from Zimbabwe, said that it was too soon to talk about the team's plans going forward in the tournament.

    According to the Zimbabwe Chronicle newspaper, at a press conference held after the game against Zimbabwe Mannetti said the team played a very good Zimbabwean side that was in much better shape than his team.

    “I think Zimbabwe were better than us, however our hunger was stronger than them. The mentality won us this round. We wanted it more than them. The boys defended well, created chances and that was very brave of them. When Immanuel Heita scored that penalty we could not contain ourselves.”

    He also said that Zimbabwe were the firm favorites but lacked the kind of spirit that was demonstrated by his side which featured players that have not known domestic football for over a year because of challenges.

    “Zimbabwe was good technically. They have a running league and even dropped some players who took part in Cosafa to bring in Caps United players who played in the Champions league. We don't even have clubs playing in the champions League for that matter,” he said.

    In the match Zimbabwe managed to score first through Prince Dube, ending the game in their favour. The two countries stood 1-1 on aggregate after two legs and this resulted in the two nations going into a penalty shootout to decide who would progress to the next stage of qualifiers.

    Petrus Shitembi, Hendrick Somaeb, Riaan Hanamub scored to keep the Braves Warriors in the shootout and then substitute goalkeeper Edward Maova, having replaced the injured Lodyt Kazapua in the second half, kept his cool and saved Zimbabwe's fourth penalty.

    Dynamo Fredericks then scored to make it 4-3 and Zimbabwe scored their final penalty to make it 4-4 and then up stepped Immanuel Heita for his moment in the sun. The Black Africa midfielder, a substitute as well, slotted the goal home.

    The two nations will meet on 11 August and then again in the second leg on 18 August in Windhoek.

    The winner from the two nations will qualify for 2018 CHAN competition to be held in Kenya from 11 January to 2 February.

    LIMBA MUPETAMI

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  • 07/24/17--16:00: NPL picks up the pieces
  • NPL picks up the piecesNPL picks up the piecesKauta and Paulino early favourites The Namibia Premier League (NPL) clubs held a session to discuss a new constitution over the weekend. Things at the Namibia Premier League (NPL) are finally falling into place after several clubs met over the weekend to review the new constitution.

    This follows months of twists and turns which left the country without premier league football and the NPL without any leaders.

    Namibian Sun can reveal that 13 clubs met at Unam on Saturday to review the new NPL constitution.

    Sources have suggested that the meeting went well and they are 80% convinced that the new constitution will be approved no later than next month.

    Speculation is also rife that most NPL clubs already have the people who they want to head the NPL in mind.

    Lawyer and African Stars leader Patrick Kauta is allegedly one of the preferred candidates to lead the disgraced NPL.

    It is also alleged that Black Africa chairman Boni Paulino can be a frontrunner if he is up for the task.

    Another individual who apparently stands a good chance of becoming the new league leader is Unam FC's Evaristus Evaristus.

    The reason many clubs are turning to these individuals is believed to be because of their football leadership knowledge and their assets.

    “I can assure you that there is a positive feel around the NPL and this session proved that people are hungry for football.

    “The clubs have given their input on the new constitution and others are also expected to do so,” the source said.

    The next session for the NPL will be held on 5 August whereby the clubs will give their final review of the new constitution.

    The constitution will then be taken back to the Namibia Football Association (NFA) for ratification, before an NPL annual general meeting (AGM) is arranged in order to endorse the new constitution.

    After the endorsement of the constitution, the NPL will hold its first elective AGM in nearly a year to elect the new NPL leadership.

    NPL's Tovey !!Hoebeb confirmed yesterday that the reviewing session went well.

    “I can confirm that positive things are happening at last and people are finally pulling in the same direction.

    “We can draw plenty of positives from the last session, which gives everyone hope,” he said.

    The new NPL developments come after the Namibia Football Association (NFA) issued a letter to the clubs earlier this month, instructing them to resolve the league issues.

    The letter stated that the ad-hoc committee would be dissolved, leaving the power to elect new leaders in the hands of the 16 NPL clubs.

    The NFA further instructed the NPL board of governors to set up a meeting no later than 15 July.

    It also expected the board to adopt a new constitution no later than 19 August.

    Kauta, Evaristus and Boni Paulino could not be reached for comment.

    JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA

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    Spectacular bike performances light up AbbabisSpectacular bike performances light up AbbabisEnduro racing grows by leaps and bounds Round five of the Bank Windhoek Namibian Enduro Championship produced unexpected wins over the weekend. Henner Rusch (KTM), Joern Greiter (KTM), JL Oppermann (Honda), Jurgen Gladis (KTM) and Shannon Rowland (Honda) did not disappoint the past weekend on farm Abbabis.

    The championship leaders in their classes all scored victories on a well-prepared and demanding track in hot weather.

    In the Open Motorbikes Class, Rusch took the championship lead with his third victory of the season as Marcel Henle (KTM) could not start due to an injury.

    Corner Visser (Sherco) proved his good form this season to finish second and strengthen his third position overall. Guenther Gladis (KTM) finished third on home turf, ahead of Kai Hennes (KTM) in fourth place.

    Greiter remains the man to beat in the Senior Motorbike Riders Class this season as he secured his fourth victory of the season to extend his championship lead.

    Wiese finished second, while the battle for third place was probably the most exciting of the day as Stefan du Plessis (KTM) finished one second ahead of David Brown (KTM) after more than three hours of racing.

    In the Clubmans Motorbike Class, championship leader Gladis came in second after the first lap, behind Duard Wiese (KTM) who had an excellent first lap. Early in the second lap however, Wiese suffered technical difficulties and had to retire.

    Last year's Off-road Bike Class champion Kurt Hartung (Yamaha) finished second to earn his first podium finish in this class, ahead of Gunter Grassreiner (KTM) in third.

    Keanu Weber-Trianus (KTM) took the championship lead in the Off-road Bike Class. Victory went to Jaco Husselmann (KTM) while Chris Snyman (KTM) finished third. In the Development Class for youngsters, Levin Quinger (KTM) continued his winning streak to finish first ahead of Jeandre Godfrey (Yamaha) on a demanding track.

    In the Open Quads Class, J L Oppermann (Honda) impressed with an immaculate and very fast ride to finish first. Gary Rowland (Honda), who had won at Uis, finished second ahead of Abner Abner (Honda) in third. Rowland took victory in the Ladies Quad Class ahead of Julia Moth (Yamaha), who overcame technical difficulties to finish second.

    The championship will return to Otjihase, close to Windhoek, on 12 August for round six of the series. Spectators will again be treated to a spectacular race and can experience the action from the pit area.

    The event was co-sponsored by Monster Energy.

    SPORT REPORTER

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    Brockie backs Baxter for greatnessBrockie backs Baxter for greatness SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie is convinced former club coach Stuart Baxter can turn Bafana Bafana into a force to be reckoned with in Africa, and the rest of the world.

    Baxter brought an end to his reign with Matsatsantsa by leading them to Nedbank Cup glory last month following their 4-1 thrashing of Orlando Pirates, while also helping guide the team to the quarter-finals of the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup.

    The coach is now the full-time tactician of the South Africa national team, who won the Cosafa Cup Plate and who completed a 3-0 aggregate win over Botswana in 2018 African Nations Championship qualifying on Saturday.

    Even more impressive was Baxter's debut outing as Bafana coach as he led the side to a first-ever competitive win over Nigeria, securing a 2-0 Afcon qualifying victory in the Super Eagles' backyard.

    As such, New Zealand forward Brockie, who flourished under Baxter at SuperSport with 15 goals in all competitions last season, believes the coach is exactly the right man to take Bafana to the next level of international football.

    “First and foremost, having won a handful of trophies at domestic level in South Africa, I believe he will have more backing from the supporters and increased buy-in from the players,” writes Brockie in the August edition of KICK OFF Magazine, now on shelves and available for download.

    “The obvious difference between managing a club, as opposed to a national side, is that Baxter doesn't have as much time to work with the Bafana players on the training pitch.

    “However, he knows the players better than before and is aware of how South African football works as a whole. The 2-0 away win over Nigeria in June was a massive boost and a great first up result for him.

    “I'm looking forward to seeing Baxter and his charges build on the victory against Nigeria and, sooner than later, I'm pretty sure those types of results will be the norm rather than the exception.”

    KICK OFF

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  • 07/24/17--16:00: Therons crowned Vasbyt kings
  • Therons crowned Vasbyt kingsTherons crowned Vasbyt kings Vasbyt 4x4 driver and navigator duo Herman Theron Jr and Nico Theron Jr emerged as overall winners of a gruelling 10 stage Weskus 4x4 Vasbyt Club event at Dune 7 on Saturday.

    Team Theron set the pace and managed to complete four of the ten extremely demanding stages successfully. They amassed 380 points at the end of the day and won the C Class category of the competition as well.

    Seventeen contestants and vehicles competed in three different classes at the event. The weather played along and the crowd was treated to some adrenaline-pumping, dust-kicking and jaw-dropping performances.

    Participants had to manoeuvre their vehicles through six sand-pit obstacles, two dune-climbing stages, a tire pit and finally a mud pit.

    The obstacle course was very demanding. Many drivers commented that it was one of the most difficult tracks they had to navigate in years of competing. None of the contestants scored points at obstacles one, five and ten. Three of the seventeen vehicles never made it to the end of the event due to breakdowns.

    There are two more Vasbyt events on the calendar. One will take place on 21 October in Windhoek. The final event is scheduled for 29 December at Dune 7 near Walvis Bay.

    Morné Oosthuysen and Niels Gartner finished second overall with 310 points, followed by Otto Snyman and Rico Bothma in third position with 290 points.

    Nico Oberholzer Jnr and Nico Oberholzer Snr won the A Class with 270 points. Ben Lange and Francois Lotter finished second on 230 points and Jaco Louw and Matt Paulsen finished third with 220 points.

    Morné and Niels also won the B Class, followed by Theuns van Zyl and Deon Louw with 280 points and Chris Bruyns and Frank Scholtz in third position with 210 points.

    Otto Snyman and Rico Bothma finished second in the C Class with 290 points and Martin Theron and Joshua Theron finished third with 250 points.

    OTIS FINCK

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    Aanona yekondjelomanguluko yaponokela  aanambelewa yokudhima omuliloAanona yekondjelomanguluko yaponokela aanambelewa yokudhima omulilo Kape na ngoka a tulwa miipandeko mEtitano lya piti, sho aanyasha mboka ya valelwa mekondjelomanguluko muupongekwa ya ponokele iiyenditho yaantu mwakwatelwa oshiyenditho shaanambelewa yokudhima omulilo.

    Iiponokela mbyoka oya ningwa ongula yEtitano, popepi noBrakwater sho ongundu yaanyasha mboka ya ningi omainda moondjila nokutomeka omulilo omwiidhi ngoka guli popepi nopate, onga ehololomadhilaadhilo taya pula aniwa ya pewe iilonga kepangelo.

    Ongundu yaanambelewa yokudhima omulilo oya li yiithanwa kehala ndyoka opo ya ka dhime omulilo, na oya thiki pehala ndyoka lwopotundi onti-06:15, opo ya kadhimwe omulilo ngoka popepi nofaalama yaNdilimani, ihe ongundu yaanona mboka oya adhika yeli pehala ndyoka.

    Otaku hokololwa kutya sho aanambelewa yokudhima omulilo ye ya pehala ndyoka, aanyasha mboka oye ya ponokele, nokukwatako opomba yaanambelelwa ndjoka yoolita 3 800.

    Omukomeho gwOpolisi yOshilando, Abraham Kanime okwa koleke kutya sho ololi yookadhimamulilo ya thiki pehala ndyoka oya ponokelwa kaanyasha mboka, ya kutha ko koonkondo ololi ndjoka. Opolisi oye shi pondola okulandula ololi ndjoka na oye yi adha mofaalama yaNdilimani.

    Omupopiliko gwOpolisi, Omupeha Komufala Edwin Kanguatjivi, okwa popi kape na ngoka atulwa miipandeko.

    Sho ya ningwa nayo oonkundathana konzonkundaneki yoNampa, omukalelipo gwaanona mboka ya thika po-350 okwa popi kutya iikolokosha mbyoka otayi yi ningwa molwaashoka aanyasha mboka kaye na nkene.

    Tuhafeni Ntinda okwa popi kutya oya li ya lombwelwa opo ya shune kiitopolwa yawo ya vule okwiishangitha opo ya falwe komadheulo muApilili, na osho ya ningi.

    Okwa hokolola kutya sho galukile mOvenduka oya tseyithilwa kutya omadheulo otaga landula otaga ningwa muSepetemba nenge Kotomba.

    Okwa popi kutya epangelo olya uvaneke kutya tali ka kuta miilonga aanyasha mboka yeli pe-1 000, ihe lwanima okwa hololwa kutya kape na oompito dhomadheulo. Nhinda okwa pula kutya omolwashike inaya falwa komadheulo koSimon Mutumba Mutumba Police College mOtjozondjupa.

    Okwa popi ktya shoka osha uvitha nayi ongundu ndjoka, na oya tokola ya ka ninge omainda mondjila, naashoka kashi li shimwe shomomalalakano gawo, ihe oyali ya hala okuya kombelewa ya amushanga gwokabinete opo e ya pe omayamukulo.

    Mwene gwehala moka mwa tomekwa omulilo, Siegmar Pascheka, okwa koleke kutya aanona mboka oya ningi einda mondjila nokuponokela omuhingi gwelelo lyokudhima omulilo.

    -Olopota Yagwedhwa Po Konampa

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    Omundohotola Ndume a tumbalekwaOmundohotola Ndume a tumbalekwaNdume okwa tameke noshilonga she shoka mo-1997 Omukwaniilwa gwElelo lyUukwanyama okwa gandja epapa kOmundohotola gomeho, Helena Ndume omolwa oshilonga oshinene shoka ta longo mokukondjitha uuvu womeho moshilongo. Epapa ndyoka olya gandjwa komukwaniilwa gUukwanyama Martha Mwadinomho Kristian Nelumbu, mOlyomakaya pombala yoshilongo shUukwanyama, mOmhedi.

    Oshituthi shoka osha kaliwa kaakwashigwana, aaleli yopamuthigululwakalo oshowo yopapolotika, Miss Universe Michelle McLean-Bailey nale oshowo aanambelewa yopaunamiti.

    Omunashipundi gwelelo lyUukwanyama, George Nelulu, okwa popi kutya oya tokola okuwayimina omahangano gopauyuni ngoka ga gandja olupandu kOmundohotola Ndume omolwa oshilongo sha simana shoka ta longo.

    Ndume pamwe nongundu ye oya panga AaNamibia ya thika po-35 000, konima nkene a tamekitha omahwahwameko gokomumvo getando lyomeho mo-1997.

    “Dr Ndume okuulike eitulemo lye muule wethimbo ndyoka nokuyanda uuposi mokati moshigwana. Kape na omalimbililo kutya eitulemo lye moshilonga shoka oteshi ningi omolwa ohole yoshigwana ndjoka e na komutima,” Omukwaniilwa Nelumbu a popi.

    Ndume moshipopiwa she okwa pandula elelo lyUukwanyama ta popi kutya, epapa ndyoka olyaaniilonga pamwe naye mboka taya kwatele komeho omahwahwameko ngoka gopashigwana.

    Okwa lombwele oonakukala poshituthi shoka kutya, etokolo lye ndyoka olya tameke mo-1995 omanga a li moshigongi shoEyes Convention moAtlanta moAmerica manga e li omwiilongi guunamiti moGermany.

    Okwa popi kutya pethimbo lyoshigongi shoka okwa tsakanene naakalelipo yomahngano gopauyuni mboka ya holola ohokwe mokumukwathela opo a yande nokukondjitha uuposi mokati oshigwana she. Konima sho a mana eilongo lye, mboka oya gwanitha po omauvaneko gawo, nomvula kehe monena Omundohotola Michael Colvard ohe ya moNamibia onga oshitopolwa shomahwahwameko ngoka.

    “Otwa tameke moRundu moshitopolwa shaKavango East mo-1997, na otwa shangitha aapangwa 500, nokonima sho twe ya ningile omakonaakono otwa mono kutya ya thika po-200 otaya pumbwa okutandwa konima yomwedhi. Konima yomwedhi sho twa shuna okukaninga omatando ngoka, otwa mono owala aapangwa 50, oyendji oya si uunye kutya etando ndyoka kali shi lyoshili. Konima mboka twa tanda oya ka taandelitha etumwalaka nomoshikando sha landula otwa mono aapangwa oyendji naamboka ya li ya si uunye,” Ndume a hokolola.

    Poshituthi sha faathana , Dr Colvard okwa hokolola Ndume kutya omukwathi omuwanawa ngoka a vulu okuhiya aantu opo ya gandje omakwatho kwaamboka yeli mompumbwe. Okwa popi kutya oya longa pamwe mokugandja ekwatho kaantu yeli o-35 000.

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    Ompumbwe yomahooli monooli ya kandulwa poOmpumbwe yomahooli monooli ya kandulwa po Ehangano lyomahooli olya tula po oompungulilo yomahooli mOndangwa onga omukalo gwokuya moshipala ompumbwe yomahooli monooli unene pomathimbo gomafudho.

    Ominista yIikwankondo nIikwamina, Obeth Kandjoze, oya pandula ehangano lyoEngen ndyoka lya toto po oompungulilo yomahooli yongushu yoomiliyona 62 mOndangwa ndjoka kwa tegelelwa yi ka kandulepo ompumbwe yomahooli ndjoka hayi dhidhilikwa monooli pethimbo lyomafudho.

    Onooli yoshilongo olundji ohayi kala nompumbwe onene yomahooli, unene muApilili, Aguste, Novemba, Desemba oshowo Januari.

    Kandjoze, okwali ta popi poshituthi shepatululo lyoompungulilo ndjoka yapatululwa mEtiano lya piti. Okwa popi kutya aakalimo yomonooli oya kala nokumona ekwatho okuza moompungulilo dhaTsumeb. Okwa indile mboka haya e ta omahooli moshilongo opo ya kambadhale okukandula po ompumbwe ya faathana ndjoka tayi dhenge oshitopolwa shaKavango oshowo Zambezi.

    “Onkatu ndjoka ya katukwa kuEngen oya simana. Shika oshitopolwa oshinene ihe osha li hashi pewa ekwatho kompungulilo yaTsumeb nompumbwe oya li pombanda noonkondo ndjoka ya dhidhilikwa olundji muApilili, Auguste naDesemba. Ompungulilo ndjika itayi ka kwathela owala aantu yomoshitopolwa ihe nopiilongo yopuushiinda.”

    Kandjoze okwa popi kutya ngele okwa tulwa ompungulilo moKavango noZambezi, nena oompungulilo ndhoka otadhi ka vula okugandja ekwatho kiilongo ngaashi Angola, Zambia naBotswana.

    Omukomeho gwaEngen, Nangula Hamunyela okwa popi kutya epatululo lyompungulilo ndjoka, oshinima tashi ka kandula po ompumbwe yomahooli monooli pethimbo unene lyomafudho.

    Okwa popi kutya ompungulilo ndjoka otayi ka gandja omahooli koosasiyona 17 moshitopolwa shaHangwena, Oshikoto, Omusati oshowo moAngola.

    Ngoloneya gwoshitopolwa shaShana okwa pandula ehangano lyaEngen sho lya tokola opo li tule oompungulilo ndhoka mondoolopa yaNdangwa.

    “Ondangwa ondoolopa tayi adhika pondingaandinga yopangeshefa mOhangwena, Omusati nOshikoto. Otandi pandula Elelo lyOndoolopa yaNdangwa sho lya gandja oshitopolwa shevi opo ku vule okutungwa oompungulilo ndhoka,” Kashuupulwa ta ti.

    Mayola gwaNdangwa okwa popi kutya ondoolopa ndjoka oyi na iinima ayihe tayi pumbiwa kaapunguli opo ya vule okuninga omapungulo taga pondola. Okwa popi kutya ondoolopa oyi na omatulilo geshina lyokolutenda, okapale koodhila na otayi adhika pokati konooli , popepi woo noshishiindalongo Angola.

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    Inamu landitha po we evi lyeni- Omukwaniilwa KudumoInamu landitha po we evi lyeni- Omukwaniilwa KudumoAakwashigwana itaya mono uuwanawa washa momalanditho ngoka Omukwaniilwa gUukwangali Traditional Authority, Eugene Siwombe Kudumo okwa holola omaiyuvo ge omolwa aakwashigwana mboka taya landitha po evi lyawo ndyoka tali a dhika popepi nomulonga gwaKavango kaapunguli mboka taya tungu po oongeshefa dhopaumwene nokuningitha oshidhigu okuya komulonga ngoka. Sho a ningi oonkundathana noshifkundnaeki shoNamibian Sun moNkurenkuru moshitopolwa shaKavango West, Kudumo okwa popi kutya aantu ye mboka yeli popepi nomulonga otaya tembuka nokulanditha po evi lyawo kaapunguli.

    Okwa popi kutya elandithe po lyevi ndyoka otali etitha aapunguli ya tunge oongeshefa dhawo pehala ndyoka ngaashi omagumbo gaayenda noku tula meni lyoodhalate omahala gawo , tashi etitha shi kale oshidhigu kaakwashigwana ya vule okuya komulonga.

    Okwa tsikile kutya omalanditho gamwe inaga ningwa pamulandu,nooyene yomahala oya futwa owala iimaliwa yili pokati kooN$10 000 no- N$20 000 na itaya dhilaadhila kutya omatokolo gawo ngoka otage ke ya guma ngiini pamwe naakwashigwana yakwawo monakuyiwa.



    Omukwaniilwa okwa popi kutya omaiyuvo ge ogeli mpoka kutya aakwashigwana ye oyiikolelela komulonga ngoka, mokukwata oohi oshowo omeya gokulongitha nongele elanditho lyevi popepi nomulonga otali tsikile nena otahsi keetitha aakwashigwana ya kale itaya vulu okuya komulonga ngoka.

    Kudumo okwa popi kutya petameko aapunguli mboka ohaya lombele aakwashigwana kutya kape na uupyakadhi ihe lwanima ohaya tulapo oompango ndhoka tadhi indika aakwashigwana yaye meni lyomahala gawo nuuna yeshi ningi nena ohaya yi muupyakadhi.

    “Uuna taye ya iinima ayihe oyili nawa ihe konima oto ka mona ya tula po omadhidhiliko kutya itaku pitikwa omuntu a ye meni lyomahala gawo ngoka ga tulwa momalugumbo, ngele hasho mboka taya yi mo otaya yahwa.”

    Omukwaniilwa okwa tsikile kutya, omwaalu gwiimaliwa ngoka hagu futwa aakwashigwana oguli pevi noonkondo okuyeleka nomauwanawa ngoka ooyene yoongeshefa ndhoka haya ka mona, ta ti oomvula 99 dhokuhiila evi ndyoka otali gandja uuwanawa kaapunguli, omanga oshigwana tashi thigwa shaahena evi.

    Kudumo okwa pula aakwashigwana ya kale haya yi muukumwe naanangeshefa mboka opo ya vule okumona uuwanawa uule wethimbo ele. Okwa popi kutya elanditho lyevi shaaheli pamulandu osho sha etitha omananathano unene melelo lyawo, konima yeso lyomukwaniilwa nale Daniel Mpasi, ngoka a hulitha mo-2014.

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  • 07/24/17--16:00: Reforms required for growth
  • Reforms required for growthReforms required for growthGrowth forecasts halved to 0.5% Policymakers will have to introduce unpopular structural reforms in an effort to support growth in South Africa, says the OECD. NAMPA/REUTERS



    South Africa needs bold structural reforms to boost the ailing economy as there is limited room for monetary and fiscal stimulus, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Economic Survey showed yesterday.

    Africa's most industrialised economy entered recession in March. The country is also struggling with a high unemployment rate and credit downgrades by two of the top three ratings agencies, based on the economic and political turmoil, have dented business and consumer confidence in South Africa.

    "Reviving economic growth is crucial to increase well-being, job creation and inclusivity. As there is limited room for monetary and fiscal stimulus, bold structural reforms, supported by social partners, are needed to unlock the economy," the Paris-based OECD said.

    The government has developed a 14-point economic strategy to stimulate growth, released by finance minister Malusi Gigaba on 13 July, but the plan has received a lukewarm reception from investors.

    Critics say the plan, which included the possible sale of assets and partial privatisation of state-owned firms, was not enough to restore business confidence and stimulating private sector investment. Ratings agencies have also warned of further credit ratings downgrades.

    The South African Reserve Bank last week halved its 2017 growth forecast to 0.5% and cut the benchmark lending rate for the first time in five years to help the ailing economy.

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  • 07/24/17--16:00: Nels baby company
  • Nels baby companyNels baby companyBanker's love for babies leads to creation of business Beatha Shitemba is the managing member of Nels, a Namibian company that manufactures trendy and gorgeous bedding for babies and toddlers. Beatha Shitemba's love for all things cute, cuddly and small has led to the creation of a unique baby company that supplies tailor-made bedding products. She recently sat down with Namibian Sun to share her journey.

    Using her experience as a social media consultant and the savings she has built up throughout the years, Shitemba decided it was time to take a risk and go all out, setting up Nels, a unique locally owned and operating company that makes custom-made bedding products for babies.

    She has been trading informally since June 2016 and formally established Nels this year.

    “Nels manufactures and provides the Namibian market with trendy and gorgeous bedding for babies and toddlers. Apart from bedding, Nels also sells designer fabric that customers can purchase and design their own tailor-made bedding or accessories. Nels also provides essentials like hooded towels, nursing covers, plush toys and much more. All our gorgeous products are made from 100% cotton or muslin fabrics,” says Shitemba of her business.

    “There are several reasons why I started Nels,” she says. “

    “There is great potential in the industry, in terms of baby products manufactured in Africa. Secondly, our Namibian market does not offer designer baby bedding, kids' bedding and related essentials. I've also found that most of the baby products we have in our country are imported,” says Shitemba of the need to start her own business.

    “The initial inspiration moment came from a baby boutique operating in East Africa and due to high volume of baby products imports in Africa. It was a very easy to choice to make. I love babies... the whole idea of transforming a room into a baby nursery and the ability to make parents happy gives me immense joy,” Shitemba says.

    She bemoans the lack of funding support for small and medium enterprises.

    “One of the challenges that I faced is not having any funding. Financial aid from financial institutions can be very expensive for small start-ups. And at this stage, I don't think our government has created an environment that is conducive enough for start-ups to thrive and grow,” she says of her journey so far.

    She also believes there is a need to promote the manufacture of locally produced goods better.

    “Our country should limit imports and promote locally produced products or regulate foreign companies, who are trading in our country, in such a way that Namibian companies are given the opportunity to penetrate the market,” adds Shitemba.

    She has also had to adapt to being a mother, full-time employee and part-time business owner.

    “It is also a challenge to maintain the balance between all the aspects of my life. Being highly organised and time allocation is very important. I operate on a schedule to ensure that all obligations are met,” she says

    A little over half a year into formal business operations, this banker-cum-entrepreneur finds her role fulfilling.

    “It's rewarding being an entrepreneur. Apart from the rewards, of course there are challenges that are faced with each passing business milestone. These challenges assisted me in refining my business strategies and goals. Namibia has so many business opportunities. It's not an easy task starting a business, but once the first step is taken, everything falls in place,” she says.

    She acknowledges that she now needs more time than ever to attend to her business.

    The challenge has been with the time required for business operations. The busier the business gets, the more time is required.

    Despite the downturn that is currently being experienced, she does not think that she has made a mistake to invest know and says her business warrants a place in the market.

    “I believe that even though the economy is experiencing a downturn, the need for unique baby products will always,” she says.

    “The thrill of establish a local brand keeps me motivates. The mere fact that ideas can become a reality is exciting. There are a couple of women entrepreneurs whom I look up to, too many names to mention.”

    She is also keen to have Nels expand into franchising.

    “I'm working on establishing a local brand that has a strong presence in the country. In the near future, I would like to have a showroom and possibly go into franchising later,” the ambitious go-getter says of her future plans.

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    Call to extend tax arrears programmeCall to extend tax arrears programmeNIPA advocates for extension of taxpayers' amnesty The six-month-long tax arrears programme, which sought to encourage defaulting taxpayers to settle outstanding tax arrears, ends next Monday. The Namibia Institute of Professional Accountants (NIPA) has requested an extension on an amnesty for all taxpayers. This request comes in the wake of an announcement made by the minister of finance concerning the tax recovery programme for taxpayers' arrears which will end on 31 July.

    “We believe it's very difficult for taxpayers to participate in the incentive scheme, as to qualify, the exact capital amount and payment is required by 31 July before they can apply for amnesty. Many taxpayers are unaware of the amount they owe, as they have not been assessed and assessment is a lengthy process,” said Essie Herbst, CEO of NIPA.

    Demonstrating concern not only for taxpayers, but for all businesses as well, Herbst said that the smaller business market represents about 10% of Gross Domestic Product, contributing to 46% of the employment market and 21% of households in Namibia.

    NIPA further stresses that the economy is severely traumatised by the recession and that its focus has been to survive the negative impact on cash flow and retain their employees. Many smaller businesses have closed since January this year and some will soon face closure.

    “This will also affect many pensioners who have long since retired, and have outstanding returns and payments. Individuals that have been retrenched will also be affected,” added Herbst.

    “We believe that most taxpayers want to pay, but do not have the financial means to settle full amounts immediately. All taxpayers should be granted the opportunity to register for the scheme, irrespective of whether all returns have been submitted or when the outcome of the assessment and objections are still unknown. These measures are necessary to determine the correct liability due to the Inland Revenue and are also essential for the updating of taxpayer records,” said Herbst.

    Advising taxpayers, NIPA has also urged individuals and businesses to come forward, make the capital payments and apply for the incentive programme. “If they know their affairs are not in order, they should approach a professional accountant for assistance,” Herbst said.

    Providing an alternative solution to addressing tax payments in Namibia, NIPA proposes that the ministry of finance broaden the taxpayer base, instead of adding more of the burden to the current taxpayer base.

    “With a population of 2.4 million people as per the latest population statistics issued by the Namibian Statistics Agency, our predications are that close to 400 000 taxpayers are bearing the weight of paying tax in the country. We also estimate that there are at least 250 000 individuals that are not registered for tax, who could and should be contributing to the tax base,” said Herbst.

    The tax arrears programme was introduced on 1 February 2017 by the ministry of finance. A total of N$19 billion is owed to the ministry in unpaid taxes. It includes N$4 billion in principal tax while the remainder is made up of penalties and interest.

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    Strategy required to benefit from SACUStrategy required to benefit from SACU The executive secretary of the Southern African Customs Union, Paulina Elago, has said that Namibia needs to design a clear strategy towards regional integration if it is to reap the benefits of being a member of the customs union.

    She made the comment during a public dialogue that was organised by Agricultural Trade Forum in conjunction with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung last week.

    According to Elago, a regional integration strategy will articulate and ensure policy coherence between national policies and regional initiatives as well as accelerate efforts towards economic diversification to broaden its industrialise base so as to take advantage of the SACU growing market as well as the market opportunities that are being created with the conclusion of new trade agreements;

    “Namibia needs to ensure full implementation of ongoing programmes, especially trade facilitation and regional customs modernisation programmes,” Elago said.

    According to her, a clear articulation of Namibia's interests and positions to inform the discussion that will now ensue under the approved work programme.

    “Through such efforts, these could propel the country to be able to optimise economic benefits arising from its membership to SACU and other trade arrangements concluded with third parties. In turn, this should stimulate growth and strengthen the country's ability to withstand global economic shocks.”

    She said the dialogue came at an opportune time as SACU enters yet another phase in its history with a view to reposition and transform itself not only to remain relevant but to be responsive to the development needs of its member states in the face of regional and global developments.

    Also speaking at the dialogue, Heiner Naumann, resident representative of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, said that the “America first” slogan could be the beginning of a new area of protectionism and that the just-ended G 20 meeting in Germany was interpreted by some as an approval of trade barriers.

    “I believe that the current discussion about SACU has to been in connection with what I called shift of paradigm in international economic integration,” he said.

    He added that last Thursday's dialogue was the 38th public dialogue organised by FES and ATF.

    He also said that the pillar of this partnership was the strong conviction that political decision-making must be based on consultations between the most relevant stakeholders in a society. This holds true for decisions and strategies for the agricultural sector as well as for all government decisions.

    Finance minister Calle Schlettwein highlighted that whatever aspect dominates at regional level, the bottom line remains that the country's national interest comes first.

    He said while SACU, as the oldest customs union in the world, was created for the benefit of all its members, integration and free trade can only be beneficial if the local economy benefits.

    The minister said as an example, the 'America first' policy has always been there, although it was only being said now.

    “Namibia also has to frame our policies in the national interest,” he said.

    The minister added that if Namibia does not tackle its own problems such as poverty and unemployment, no one else would care.

    “We must use free trade benefits to improve the lives of our citizens without harming those of our neighbours,” he said, adding that this is the tricky part.

    Anton Faul of the ATF said there was a big international company which wanted to invest in Namibia because of the good macro-economic environment and political stability.

    “We can all sell our country to investors. But we also need to come together as a region and agree on some things for the benefit of all states,” Faul said.

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    Japanese contribute to schoolJapanese contribute to schoolGrassroots programme assists Namibian learners The Japanese government through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects GGP has spent N$33 million in total on projects in Namibia and the Andara Combined School is the latest beneficiary. Education and economic empowerment are some of the priority areas for the government of Japan in its extension of GGP assistance to Namibia. The programme aims at bringing direct and immediate impact on the wellbeing of disadvantaged communities at grassroots level by supporting relatively small development projects in education, agriculture and health, to be implemented by non-profit organisations and local authorities. The Japanese government initiative was introduced in Namibia in 1997. To date, 48 projects have been supported worth nearly N$33 million

    The Andara Combined School has received a donation of more than N$1 million which they used to build a store room, a guard house for the security guards and erecting a fence round the school premises.

    Hideyuki Sakamoto, Ambassador of Japan to Namibia, handed over the donation to Samuel Mbambo, the governor of Kavango East Region who represented the teachers and learners of the Andara Combined School.

    “The government of Japan decided to assist in the building of two permanent classrooms and a store room in 2015 for Andara School learners who were studying under trees due to lack of classrooms. The grant from Japan further supported the school to enhance security by constructing a security guard house and fence,” said Sakamoto. The Andara Combined School opened in 1923 under a tree and was run by a missionary. Upon attaining independence, the school was transformed into a public school, and currently accommodates 952 learners from pre-primary to Grade 10. Many learners are registered as orphans and vulnerable children. The school which is in Kavango East is in a region whose unemployment rate is ranked 5th in the country.

    Although the number of learners has dramatically increased, the school lacks classrooms and the situation has motivated the Japanese government to award the school the just over N$1, million grant. The Andara Combined School is the 30th school that has benefited from the grant through the GGP.

    Staff reporter

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